VMware Player / Workstation Mouse Grab Input Focus Bug

To fix the recent bug with VMware Player 2.5.3 and Workstation 6.5.3 Build 185404 under Karmic Koala Ubuntu just paste this line in your console before launching vmplayer/vmware:


you may also modify the VMware starting script so you don’t have to export it every time.

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12 Responses to “VMware Player / Workstation Mouse Grab Input Focus Bug”

  1. Nenad Dragicevic Says:

    this is just what i needed
    thanks mate

  2. JC Says:

    Did the trick with mine… using vmware player in ubuntu and a windows xp guest, windows kept losing focus, mouse problems, swiching between “grab input” and “release input” ever half second, total mess, it seems to be working fine now.

    Huge thanks!!!!!

    Juan Carlos

  3. Eric Says:

    Thanks. This worked. I added the line to my .bashrc file so I shouldn’t have to keep typing it in.

  4. Marco Says:

    GREAT, now VMWare working fine. THANK YOU

  5. Sotir Rangelov Says:

    I am using ubuntu 9.10 and have vmware server 2.0.
    This problem appears not only when I work on the station from my localhost, but also on a station from another server (ubuntu 8.04 with vmware server 2.0).

    Can you advise me where should I include this code to solve the problem?

    Eric said that he put it into the .bashrc file. i put the code to /home/user/.bashrc but there is no change.

    thank you in advance

  6. Peter Says:

    @Sotir – Why don’t you update the server (it is already fixed in the latest player/workstation so it should be in server too). I think you are accessing your vm through vnc ? If so there should not be problem when using from another server.


  7. Andrew Cutler Says:

    Thanks Peter.

    This saved me some hassles when using Ubuntu 9.04 Kernel with Ubuntu 9.10 GTK.

    FYI, for others: I just put “export VMWARE_USE_SHIPPED_GTK=yes” in /usr/bin/vmplayer.


  8. Someone very happy Says:

    Thank you very much … this made my day! VMPlayer 2.5.3 on Gentoo

  9. Philip Says:

    I found another way to fix this problem. Use “CTRL+G” and you should be fine.

  10. Sharron Clemons Says:

    this is just what i needed thanks mate nenad

  11. syque Says:

    It is also enable for vmware-vmrc that includes in Firefox “plugins” directory. I got it! many thanks

  12. holocaust Says:

    where i put it on vmware player that i use? explain me please exaxtly where to go and what to do… when i use some games or something my mouse move too fast cant use it :/